Essential repairs to crossings in Okehampton town centre

Okehampton crossing

Posted on: 4 August 2017

Essential repairs are due to be carried out on block paving crossing areas in Okehampton town centre in the coming months.

Devon County Council is preparing a £32,000 scheme to repair and replace the block paving on 11 crossing areas, and two further sections will be removed.

Work in Fore Street and West Street is planned to take place in October and November, but will be timed to avoid the carnival and the Remembrance Day Parade. The block paving at the crossings in these two streets will be completely replaced. Lane closures and temporary traffic lights will be needed for the work to be carried out safely, and some parking in Fore Street will be suspended. Exact dates of the work are yet to be confirmed.

The block paving at the George Street and Market Street junctions with West Street/Fore Street will be removed and replaced with “bitmac” surfacing.

Block paving at crossings in George Street and Fairplace Terrace will undergo minor repairs while the roads are closed for gas work during the school summer holidays. Minor repairs will also be undertaken on block paving in Mill Road and Castle Road.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This scheme has to be carried out in the next few months as some of the current blocks are nearing the end of their life and could become safety defects if left much longer. The block paving was introduced years ago and traffic in the town has changed in that time with more heavy vehicles delivering to the town centre. A couple of the sections will have to be removed as they are in locations which aren’t suitable to cope with the weight of HGVs turning on them.”

Councillor Kevin Ball

Councillor Kevin Ball, County Councillor for Okehampton Rural, said: “The time has come to update the block paving. Although there will inevitably be some disruption, it will be worth it to conclude much needed repairs. Hopefully this work will future-proof these pedestrian areas for many years.”

Where the block paving is being completely replaced in Fore Street and West Street, a grey colour sandstone will be used to match the local stone in the surrounding buildings. The scheme has been agreed with the Town Council and conservationists.

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